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Artist Statement

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of my work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, I strive to capture the essence of my subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, I refine line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

Neptune's Necklace
Pigface
Lust in the Log Cabin ©2010 Brenda Gael Smith
Magic Carpet ©2008 Brenda Gael Smith
Artwork for Sale
Copa Abstractions
Desire Lines
Dreamlines
Lorikeet Circus ©2010 Brenda Gael Smith
Turf ©2009 Brenda Gael Smith
Desert-Tracks-Brenda-Gael-Smith
Firewheel Trio by Brenda Gael Smith
Flying Colours
Grass
Landlines
Shibori
Forest by Brenda Gael Smith
Argyle Diamonds ©2010 Brenda Gael Smith
Wild Lupins ©2012 Brenda Gael Smith
unplugged
Treelines
Twelve by Twelve
Wildflowers
2003-2009